Celebrate your volunteers this International Volunteer Day

Holly Friedlander Liddicoat, 2nd December 2016

Each year on 5 December is International Volunteer Day.

20,000 people give their time to the community broadcasting sector every year and this is a great time of year to recognise the monumental time, effort and energy volunteers put into stations. We've compiled this handy guide to help you support and encourage your volunteers this International Volunteer Day, as well as, of course, every other day of the year.

Webinar: How to find and keep your volunteers

Managing volunteers can be a key challenge for stations. Penny York from the Centre for Volunteering looks at the reasons why people volunteer, recruitment strategies and more in this captured webinar.

Profile: Rob Stewart - 2016 Outstanding Volunteer Contribution winner

Read this inspiring tale of outstanding volunteer, Rob Stewart from 8EAR Gove FM, winner of this year's CBAA Outstanding Volunteer Contribution Community Radio Award.

Recap: #CBAAConf: What makes volunteers tick?

Great ideas for how to recruit volunteers and manage expectations from day one.

Resource: 5 tips for engaging young people at your station

Tess Lawley, former CBAA Youth Rep and SYN General manager looks at five easy ways to help get more young people involved in your station.

Resource: Engaging and supporting volunteers from Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) backgrounds 

CALD community members face unique challenges when freely giving their time. In order to best support people from CALD backgrounds, one needs to understand their reasons and barriers to volunteering.

Resource: Engaging and supporting Indigenous volunteers

Similarily, Indigenous volunteers also face unique challenges. This resource is based on federal research and helps you to best understand, support and encourage your Indigenous volunteers through practical solutions.

Resources: Engaging and supporting LGBTI volunteers

LGBTI volunteers also can find barriers to volunteering, especially in regional, rural and remote communities. 

Grant: Volunteer grants 2016

Support your volunteers with something tangible with the 2016 federal Volunteer Grants. You can buy small equipment e.g. computers or training. Deadline closes 20 December 2016.

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